Profitable camera maker GoPro files for IPO, looks to raise up to $100M

Popular wearable camera-maker GoPro today filed for its IPO and will look to raise up to $100 million, trading on the NASDAQ as “GPRO.” Today’s S-1 filing reveals that the 12-year-old company brought in $985.7 million in revenue during 2013, which was up from $526 million in 2012 and $234.2 million in 2011. GoPro, which shipped 3.85 million cameras last… Read More


As GoPro sets IPO, Contour plans ‘aggressive’ comeback — led by Apple vet, and original co-founder

Contour’s new owner is aiming to get the wearable action cam company back in the game — hiring an Apple veteran as its new CEO, bringing back one of Contour’s original co-founders as its technology chief, and restarting development on new versions of its products. The move comes as Contour’s larger rival, GoPro, files paperwork for its initial… Read More


The year in quotes: From Ballmer to Bezos to Bitcoin

Wow, what a year! From Amazon drones to Steve Ballmer’s retirement to spectacularly performing IPOs, the tech industry took some wild twists and turns in 2013. Here’s our look back at the action, with some of our favorite quotes of the year. What are your favorite (or least favorite) moments of the year? December  “I… Read More

Dave Cotter speaking at GeekWire Startup Day in Seattle.

GeekWire Radio: The raw truth about startups, and life

What’s it really like to be a startup CEO? This week on the GeekWire radio show, two tech entrepreneurs talk about their struggles, what they learned and how their experiences changed their approach to business and life. We’re featuring highlights from talks by Dave Cotter and Marc Barros at the recent GeekWire Startup Day in… Read More


Startup Day Video: Contour co-founder Marc Barros on the pitfalls of becoming a CEO

Many startup founders take the nominal title of CEO, but there’s a huge difference between launching a venture and actually leading an established company. And the transition to the role of CEO is fraught with unexpected challenges for many a wide-eyed startup founder. That’s the subject of this extraordinarily candid and insightful GeekWire Startup Day… Read More


Contour’s court-appointed receiver sets auction, says brand may still survive

A company working on behalf of the court-appointed receiver for action-camera maker Contour Inc. said today that it’s accepting solicitations from potential buyers of Contour’s assets, tentatively setting an auction for early October but saying that the Contour brand could still survive. The announcement was made by D.A. Davidson & Co., which has been tapped… Read More


Contour defaults on $7M in loans, court-appointed receiver pursuing possible sale after last exec resigns

Contour, the Seattle-based action-camera maker that surprised employees by closing its doors a month ago, has been placed in the hands of a court-appointed receiver who will pursue a potential sale on behalf of creditors owed nearly $7.5 million by the company. Court documents filed in connection with the receivership depict a company without leaders… Read More


Now you can own those body-worn cameras worn by police

For the past six years, Seattle-based Vievu has helped more than 3,000 police agencies around the world with body-worn cameras that record what’s happening on the job. But recently, Vievu founder Steve Ward saw a new business opportunity. Everyone from real estate agents to plumbers to bus drivers began asking Vievu to make cameras specifically for… Read More


Bill Gates on Google’s Internet balloons; Contour hits the wall; and other comments of the week

The best comments, quotes, and random zingers we heard this week… “The Internet is transforming almost every element of the news business: shortening news cycles, eroding long-reliable revenue sources, and enabling new kinds of competition, some of which bear little or no news-gathering costs. There is no map, and charting a path ahead will not… Read More


Contour inks deal to put helmet-mounted cameras in Yamaha motorcycle shops

Seattle-based Contour has sealed a deal to sell its line of helmet-mounted HD video cameras at Yamaha Motor Corp. dealers across the country, another big retail distribution point for the Seattle company. The news follows a deal last year in which Apple agreed to start carrying Contour’s top-of-the-line video camera. “Riding motorcycles, ATV’s, side x… Read More


CES Video: Live-stream your next ski run, from your helmet

Posting from Las Vegas: Mountable HD cameras from Seattle-based Contour are already popular among extreme sports enthusiasts, allowing them to capture video of their exploits from their own points of view. A new partnership announced by the company today takes it to a new level, adding the option of live streaming video from the cameras,… Read More


UW football’s secret weapon: Helmet-mounted QB cams

College football season is just around the corner, with The University of Washington set to kick off their home opener this Saturday. If all goes as planned, sophomore Keith Price is set to take the snaps against Eastern Washington. And a Seattle startup company played an interesting role in that very important QB decision. Before UW… Read More